Didal-led skateboarding team hopes to contribute big in SEA Games campaign

Skateboarding in the Philippines catapulted to prominence when Margielyn Didal captured a gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games.

Didal's brilliance will certainly rub off on the rest of the national skaters as they seek to rule the skateboarding competition in the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games on November 30 to December 11.

Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines (SRSAP) president Monty Mendigoria is optimistic of the number of medals that they can probably seize in the discipline yet, but is certain that the team will be pumped up to perform in front of the hometown crowd in Tagaytay City.

"Our chances our big, since we are considered as a powerhouse in Southeast Asia," said Mendigoria. "But of course we have to work really hard, especially in training."

Eight golds are at stake from skateboarding's street event, game of skate and downhill events for men's and women's categories.

Aside from Didal, the sport will display fresh local and international talents that will surely play their hearts out for a successful SEA Games campaign.

Filipino-Americans Christiana Means and Jericho "Kiko" Francisco will join Didal in donning the national colors along with eight other skaters.

Mendigoria, however, is keeping the final list of Filipino skaters confidential until after the deadline of submission of names to the SEA Games Federation.

"I don't want to give any details for now because our opponents might scout us. But definitely, our lineup is complete," said Mendigoria. "We have 11 athletes who will compete including Margie, of course. Once the lineups of the other countries are finalized, we will disclose the line-up for our team," said Mendigoria.